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The Great Gatsby visits China

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Northern Ballet are a Company that never stands still. Directly after our incredibly popular Christmas season of The Nutcracker, and before the busy national spring 2016 tour, we are travelling to China to perform The Great Gatsby in Shanghai and Beijing.

Performing in honour of Jonathan Ollivier

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Northern Ballet performs tonight at a sell-out Sadler’s Wells Gala to honour Jonathan Ollivier’s life.

Mr Wonderful - Jonathan Ollivier

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Matthew Bourne's New Adventures and Re:Bourne are staging an evening of dance at Sadler's Well to celebrate the life of Jonathan Ollivier who was tragically taken from us earlier this year.

The programme features a number of Companies with whom Jonathan trained or performed including Northern Ballet, Matthew Bourne, The Rambert School and The McOnie Company. Kevin and Karen Clifton from Strictly Come Dancing will perform in memory of their, and our, friend.

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A Royal Visit

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Last Wednesday 9 September, Northern Ballet were privileged to enjoy a visit from our royal patron HRH the Earl of Wessex KG GCVO.

His Royal Highness enjoyed a dinner with Northern Ballet Artistic Director David Nixon OBE, alongside 1984 choreographer Jonathan Watkins and senior personnel and dancers from across the Company. The group shared a Loyal Toast with His Royal Highness to mark Her Majesty the Queen becoming the longest serving British Monarch.

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On his 75th Birthday

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Christopher Gable CBE was born 13 March 1940 and in his career danced with the Sadler's Wells Opera Ballet, Covent Garden Opera Ballet, was a Principal Dancer at The Royal Ballet where he created many roles and in 1982 he founded the Central School of Ballet.

Q&A with Dracula's creator

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On Friday 12 September after that day's performance of Dracula our Artistic Director, David Nixon OBE, will be answering your questions about the production, the costumes, choreography, characters and more.

We invite you, whether you are attending that performance or not, to submit your questions for David.

Cinderella, opening tonight!

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Our new full-length ballet, and second of 2013, Cinderella opens tonight at Leeds Grand Theatre!

Martha Leebolt & Hironao Takahashi in David Nixon's Cinderella. Photo Bill Cooper.

A few lucky people have attended dress rehearsals and preview perfrmances, here's what they had to say about it...

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